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Montreal, Quebec, April 10, 2007 – BDC is looking for top business entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 from across Canada for the 2007 Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA), which will be presented on October 16th at a ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba, during Small Business Week. Thirteen award winners, one for each province and territory, will see their business and leadership accomplishments honoured under the theme “A world without boundaries, open to new markets”.
This year, two special awards will also be presented during BDC’s Small Business Week. YEA winners will be eligible for the Export Excellence Award. The prize will be presented to the winner with the most outstanding export results. The Business Transition Award will also be awarded to highlight the important generational change that is occurring among Canadian entrepreneurs. It will recognize the seller and buyer of a business that has successfully changed hands from one generation to the next. Entrepreneurs from all ages can enter to win the Business Transition Award.Selection criteria
The winners are selected by a panel of business people, entrepreneurs, members of chambers of commerce and BDC representatives. The following selection criteria apply to all nominees: the originality of the business concept, its success, growth potential, and social involvement. The panel also considers the entrepreneur’s age when the business was started and any special challenges that had to be faced. Nominees from previous years may enter again for the same or another business. For detailed information on selection criteria, visit our Web site.
Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves. Application forms can be downloaded from BDC’s Web site. To obtain a printed version, entrepreneurs may visit any BDC branch or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by June 6, 2007. For information concerning Small Business Week or the Young Entrepreneur Awards, you may call 1-888-INFO-BDC (1-888-463-6232) or visit our Web site.
BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada. BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses through its complementary financial, investment and consulting solutions. BDC is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2007.
Small Business Week is a registered trademark of BDC.
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